West recently sat down with BBC 1′s Zane Lowe and discussed a number of topics. He had some very epic and incredible quotes from this interview that shouldn’t go unnoticed. So XXL compiled a list of his best quotes from Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview. Check out his signature lines and full stream of the interview below.
On his role as a musician:
“I showed people that I understand how to make perfect. ‘Dark Fantasy’ could be considered to be perfect. I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds — sonically and society, culturally.”
On the fashion inustry:
“[Me and Virgil Abloh] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi and they said no. How many motherf*ckers you done seen with the leather jogging pants?
“But we culture. Rap is the new Rock N Roll. We the rockstars. It’s been like that for a minute hedi slimane, it’s been like that for a minute. We the new rockstars and I’m the biggest of all of them.”
On recalling a conversation he had with talent agent Ari Emanuel, who wanted to constrict his ability to be creative:
“Look at Gaga, she’s the creative director of Polaroid. I like some of the Gaga songs; what the f*ck does she know about cameras?”
“What people don’t realize is, I want to make uniforms for my high school basketball team through brand Yeezy. I want to make that one step, and then make another step, and then eventually do uniforms for an entire city. Then I want them uniforms to be hot and make money. Then I eventually want to be the anchor and the force behind a billion-dollar company. And after I make that billion dollar step, then I can go in and say, Hey, I’ve got an opinion on this. And that can be a 10 billion-dollar step. And I eventually want to be the anchor of the first trillion-dollar company.”
On the controversy with “I am a God”:
“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a God,’ everybody says, Who does he think he is? I just told you who I thought I was: A God.”
On finding peace:
“Jay is more realized than me. Meaning more of his dreams and hopes and aspirations have come true, and hopefully, God willing, by the time I’m his age, that thing will happen for me also, and I’ll be in that more Zenned-out place… You don’t realize I am SO frustrated, I’ve got so much I want to give, and I’ve got a million people telling me I can’t do it.”
On working with Rick Rubin:
He’s[Rick Rubin] not a producer, he’s a reducer”
On fashion and music:
“I spend 80% of my time working on [fashion] and 20% of my time working on music.”
On being marginalized
“I’ve reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting. And I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling. As a creative person, as a celebrity. When I say that, it means, I want to do product, I am a product person.
“He’s one of our future messengers, and I’m gonna give him them jewels.”
“Rappers and musicians trying to compete with ball players with way bigger contracts. Meanwhile, music is the Titanic that’s going down like this.”
On the Taylor Swift incident:
“I’m blessed and cursed by my level of education. To be a visionary, all you have to do is make decisions based off of your eyes instead of your ears and your memory. So at the moment of the MTV awards, I made that decision based off of my eyes: I was like, that’s not correct, that is invalid, completely invalid. Everybody else don’t move, that’s off they ears. ‘Oh, he gon’ get in trouble.’ That’s off they memory. They don’t move. They’re enslaved.”